Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. We work to protect and advance the principles of justice. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Ministers of State
Lucy Frazer MP - Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Alex Chalk MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

26 Oct 2020, 8:30 a.m.
[5/5] The recording of the cross-examination is kept and played at the later trial. Pre-recording cross examination preserves a defendant's right to a fair trial and reduces stress for the vulnerable witness or victim giving evidence to a full courtroom at trial. - Link
26 Oct 2020, 8:30 a.m.
[3/5] When the pre-recorded cross-examination takes place at an earlier date to the trial, it’s done as close to the time of the offence as possible to help memory recall and support the vulnerable witness or victim to give their best evidence. - Link
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Ministry of Justice Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Sep. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Oct. 22 Westminster Hall Ministry of Justice: Legal Aid Spending
Sep. 11 Adjournment Debate Child Cruelty Offences: Sentencing
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Ministry of Justice - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 29 Jun 2020, 12:59 p.m.
A bill to make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes
Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 February, 2020 3 Mar 2020, 3:50 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the release on licence of offenders convicted of terrorist offences or offences with a terrorist connection; and for connected purposes.
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 June, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:39 p.m.
A bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-21 Ping Pong: House of Commons 6 October, 2020 7 Oct 2020, 8:28 p.m.
To require the Parole Board to take into account any failure by a prisoner serving a sentence for unlawful killing or for taking or making an indecent image of a child to disclose information about the victim.
Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] 2019-21 3rd reading: House of Commons 6 October, 2020 7 Oct 2020, 8:29 p.m.
A Bill to implement the Hague Conventions of 1996, 2005 and 2007 and to provide for the implementation of other international agreements on private international law.
Sentencing Bill [HL] 2019-21 3rd reading: House of Commons 2 Oct 2020, 1:13 p.m.
A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.
Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2019-21 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 September, 2020 9 Oct 2020, 8:52 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the sentencing of offenders convicted of terrorism offences, of offences with a terrorist connection or of certain other offences; to make other provision in relation to terrorism; and for connected purposes.

Ministry of Justice - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
8 Jun 2020, 4:23 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Section 75 – Designation of Public Authority) Order 2020
This Order designates the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (the “IMA”) for the purposes of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47).
12 Feb 2020, 2:21 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020
Section 1A of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (c.30) (the “Act”) provides for a fixed sum of bereavement damages to be awarded to a limited category of persons in the event of a fatal accident caused by wrongful act, neglect or default.
20 Jan 2020, 2:09 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Judicial Pensions and Fee-Paid Judges’ Pension Schemes (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
The Judicial Pensions Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/182) (“the 2015 Regulations”) and the Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 2017/522) make provision for the contributions payable by members of both schemes constituted by those Regulations.
15 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Human Rights Act 1998 (Remedial) Order 2019
This Order amends the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) to address a finding of the European Court of Human Rights of a breach of Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“Convention”) in the case of Hammerton v United Kingdom (Application no. 6287/10).

Ministry of Justice - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
15 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Justice European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Relevant Court) (Retained EU Case Law) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations provide which courts are relevant courts for the purposes of section 6 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (the Act). This means that they are not bound by retained EU case law to the extent provided by these Regulations. Retained EU case law is defined under section 6(7) of the Act as any principles laid down by, and any decisions of, the Court of Justice of the European Union, as they have effect in EU law immediately before IP completion day, subject to certain exceptions, as those principles and decisions are modified by or under the Act or other domestic law from time to time.
5 Oct 2020
In Force
26 Oct 2020
Ministry of Justice Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Schedule to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (England and Wales) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/1853) (“the 2015 Order”).
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Petitions addressed by Ministry of Justice

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving

Gov Responded - 25 Feb 2019 Debated on - 8 Jul 2019
15 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 2 months ago

The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries. They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. I don’t want other families to suffer like this.

Petition Closed

People found with a knife to get 10 years and using a knife 25 years in prison.

Gov Responded - 14 Mar 2019 Debated on - 25 Mar 2019
3 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 4 months ago

People are scared of the amount of knife crime with apparently very little deterent to stop people carrying knifes.

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Ministry of Justice Select Committee

Ministry of Justice Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Ministry of Justice Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Oct. 22 Sentencing Code granted Royal Assent News and Communications
Oct. 22 Ministry of Justice statement in fee-paid judicial litigation: October 2020 News and Communications
Oct. 21 Immigration and Asylum Ad-hoc Statistics Research and Statistics
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Ministry of Justice Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
23 Oct 2020, 2:39 p.m. Matt Western MP (Labour - Warwick and Leamington) Matt Western MP (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress there has been on the implementation of the Lammy Review recommendations.

Answered by Alex Chalk - Assistant Whip

The Government has provided updates on the implementation of the independent review into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system (the Lammy Review).
Where a recommendation could not be implemented in full or exactly as set out in the Review, alternative approaches have been sought to achieve the same aim. As of 16th October 2020, the status of the recommendations is as follows:

Out of the 35 recommendations listed in the Lammy Review:
i. Actions in relation to 16 recommendations have been completed (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, 33, 35)

ii. Actions in relation to 17 recommendations are still in progress, of which:
a. 11 recommendations aim to be completed within 6 – 12 months (15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)

b. 6 recommendations will take longer than 12 months to be completed (1, 9, 10, 31, 32, 34)

iii. Two recommendations (14, 16), specific to a target for judicial appointments and appraisal, are not being taken forward. This was announced in the Government’s response to the Review in December 2017.

The Government’s response identified actions going beyond the Review’s recommendations. Progress on recommendations and additional actions are overseen by a CJS Race and Ethnicity Board which was created in response to the Review.

An Independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities is currently reviewing inequality in the UK, focusing on areas including education, employment, health and the criminal justice system. The Independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities will aim to report to the Prime Minister by the end of the year

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